Justice League Suffers Smallest DC Box Office Opening Yet

Justice League Suffers Smallest DC Box Office Opening Yet

Justice League Suffers Smallest DC Box Office Opening Yet

The sluggish debut for "Justice League" caps off what was otherwise one of the strongest years for superhero films.

It's a little sad to think that a $94 million opening could ever be considered a "disappointment", but it has to be said because the movie reportedly cost well over $300 million to produce.

Warner Bros. had dearly hoped that Justice League would mark the turning point for the DC Extended Universe, which - aside from the critically acclaimed Wonder Woman - has been struggling to find a firm footing ever since it was launched in 2011. The film Zack Snyder started production on in April 2016 already had some shifts made to the initial plan, then after his assembly cut didn't land as expected, Joss Whedon was brought in to punch up the dialogue, and once Snyder stepped down under tragic circumstances The Avengers director took over completely.

The film stars Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as the Flash, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, and Henry Cavill as Superman, with Ciarán Hinds voicing the villain Steppenwolf. It also featured the debut of the DC cinematic universe newest Commissioner Jim Gordon (J.K. Simmons).

Though the show had previously revealed the scores of a few other movies in the weeks leading up to "Justice League" opening (to zero controversy), it was the news that the site wouldn't reveal the score of the DC movie until hours before preview screenings began on Thursday that became a story.

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In other box office news, small film Wonder surprised with a $27.1 million. It's also not in the same, ahem, league as Disney and Marvel's The Avengers ($207.4 million) and Avengers: Age of Ultron ($191.3 million).

We have no idea what Zack Snyder's original pitch for the film was - accounts vary from him making something in line with Dawn of Justice to a more consciously sanitized version - but, nevertheless, the finished film is a chopped up version of that which, plainly, doesn't have any overriding vision. It received an "A" CinemaScore. Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson star as the parents. Lionsgate distributed the film, which was financed and produced by Participant Media. The movie received a 40 percent approval rating from Rotten Tomatoes.

Producer Todd Lieberman told Variety that "Wonder" outperformed estimates due to the strong underlying popularity of R.J. Palacio's 2012 novel and impressive participation by school groups.

Rounding out the top five, Daddy's Home 2 took home $14.8 million in fourth place, and Murder on the Orient Express took in $13.8 million in its second weekend in theaters.

Disney and Marvel's "Thor: Ragnarok" fell to third place in weekend three with $21.8 million, bringing its North American total to $247.4 million. The original "Bad Moms" grossed $113 million a year ago. Both should expand even further over the Thanksgiving weekend. Sometimes it's the marketing of a movie that can be blamed for poor box office, or the release date.

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